Judges 9:29

Overview - Judges 9
Abimelech by conspiracy with the Shechemites, and murder of his brethren, is made king.
Jotham by a parable rebukes them, and foretells their ruin.
22 Gaal conspires with the Shechemites against him.
30 Zebul reveals it.
34 Abimelech overcomes them, and sows the city with salt.
46 He burns the hold of the god Berith.
50 At Thebez he is slain by a piece of a millstone.
56 Jotham's curse if fulfilled.
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Judges 9:29  (King James Version)
And would to God this people were under my hand! then would I remove Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, Increase thine army, and come out.

would to God
The very words and conduct of a sly, hypocritical demagogue.
2 Samuel 15:4 ; 1 Kings 20:11 ; Psalms 10:3 ; Romans 1:30 Romans 1:31

And he said
Rather, "and I would say to Abimelech," as the LXX. renders; for as Dr. Wall observes, this was probably not said in the presence of Abimelech; but at an intemperate feast, in his absence, when he boasted he would challenge him.

Increase thine army
2 Samuel 2:14-17 ; 2 Kings 14:8 ; 18:23 Isaiah 36:8 Isaiah 36:9